Quentin Lake is one of the most versatile defensive backs out West with the ability to play corner or safety at the next level. He has a safety frame but corner skills. He's a physical player but can do more than just bump, grab and hold like most young corners we see. He has good short area quickness, moves well laterally and shows strong natural instincts for the position. He doesn't have great top end speed, which is why safety could be his best college position but he plays faster than his 40 time and is an extremely smart, high IQ player who understands how to play the game.
Lake actually fits in very well with where we see college secondary's going and that's utilizing big corners who can cover and are smart and playing them at safety. With so many spread and pass happy teams, you don't see too many of the old school safeties who could only play in the box, support the run game but can't cover and don't play well in space. Lake has the smarts and range to play safety while also being able to cover like a corner and it's a big reason his stock soared over the summer when colleges saw him up close.
Lake was hoping to visit Colorado last week but wasn't able to make it out to Boulder. With a commitment coming soon, that essentially makes this one a two-team race between SoCal rivals, the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans.
Lake camped at USC for the Trojans Rising Stars Camp and walked away with a scholarship offer. On Monday, the first day colleges could make offers official, the Trojans sent Lake an offer to make sure he knew he was a priority:
Following the Trojans Camp, Lake attended the Bruins Elite Camp and came away with an offer as well. UCLA also sent Lake his official offer letter on Monday.
Lake told us Monday he still plans to make a summer decision and it sounds like it could happen at any point.
"I'm pretty close here," Lake said. "I'm just wrapping up a few things but I'm close. I want to get ready for my season, get ready to put the pads on so that's where my focus is but I do plan to make my decision so I can turn all my attention on Mater Dei football."
Lake's father is former UCLA All-American linebacker Carnell Lake and he recently told Scouts Blair Angulo that he grew up a Bruin fan and was leaning to UCLA. Barring a late rally by the Trojans, Lake look like a good bet to play his college ball in Westwood.